The first is a top knot. You've been seeing them in magazines and if you live in big city, this is old news. But for the rest of us, before you say, "I could never do that for real!", yes you can. And I'm here to give you the confidence to try. Dancers and fashionistas have been wearing these forever, and now even the klutziest of us can easily do this. Sure some of the guys in my office are asking why a lot of us are wearing donuts on our heads. But then, without fail, a few of their wives and girlfriends emailed me to ask how on earth I did that and if I could show them.
It couldn't be easier. There are two ways to accomplish this look that is so easy, you won't want to save it for dirty hair and days where you are running late. You are going to need a hair donut. Grab one from Conair anywhere they sell hair elastics or from Claire's at the mall. Then make a ponytail. Now is where you have options. For a super sleek bun, push the donut against your head. Fan the hair around the donut and add an additional pony elastic over the donut, securing a flat and smooth surface. Then take the extra bits and wind them around the base of the bun. This works great on hair that is slightly shorter.
For a messier look, create a ponytail and add the donut, but instead of putting it at the base of the pony, pull it to the end of your tail. Then roll your hair and the donut down the length of your hair, folding the hair under and around the donut. Pin any stragglers in place and you are set. Add some decorative pins, a headband or even a hair charm for a little extra decoration.
The second trend even shy girls can embrace is stacking bracelets like your eccentric Aunt Zayna. Mix metals, leathers, price points and threads to create an eclectic mix that shows off your personality. Add a chunky boyfriend watch and aim to take up several inches of arm with multiple bangles. Pinterest is an amazing source for finding bangles that fit your personality (and for everything else in the world). The more unlikely pieces are NOT to go together make this work even better.
Braids are everywhere. I'm especially in love with the idea of learning how to do a Katniss braid. This is basically a dutch braid on a diagonal. If you are as clueless as I am as to what that actually means, check out this fantastic video I found online. I'm adding extensions and practicing this nightly. I haven't nailed it yet, but I'll post as soon as I do!
How are you going to get out of your style rut? What trends are you loving right now?
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